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God Speaks to Us

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Biblical Hermeneutics


Edited By Ralf K. Wüstenberg and Jens Zimmermann

Bonhoeffer was convinced that God spoke to his people through the Bible. How did a theologian of his caliber, who was well acquainted with the historical-critical interpretation of the scriptures, justify such a claim, and how did he apply this conviction to his daily challenges as theologian, pastor and political dissident during the Nazi regime? This book presents the attempts by a group of international Bonhoeffer scholars to answer some of these questions. By approaching Bonhoeffer’s theology from a number of different hermeneutical angles, the contributions in this volume cast new light both on his more general hermeneutical framework and on specific theological and political issues concerning his reading of the Bible. The essays underline Bonhoeffer’s contemporary relevance for the current resurgence of theological interpretation and for postmodern discussions about the interpretive nature of truth.


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Helen Elizabeth Hacksley is a professional book editor and part of the ministry team at the Rondebosch United Church in Cape Town. Paul R. Hinlicky is an internationally-known theologian who has pub- lished more than seventy articles and many books. He is an authority on the theology of Martin Luther and how Luther's theology played out in his- tory since the time of the Reformation. He also works on the re-integration of Reformation and Patristic theology, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and is concerned with the interplay between Christian theology and con- temporary, “post-modern” philosophy. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America who has served congregations for extended terms in Delhi, NY and Blacksburg, VA. He was editor of the Lu- theran Forum and Pro Ecclesia. He came to Roanoke College in 1999 after teaching theology for six years at Jan Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Marie-Theres Igrec is Universitätsassistentin at the Catholic Faculty of Theology in Vienna. She earned her doctorate in Systematic Theology at the University of Vienna with a dissertation on the notion of mystery with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Rahner. She has published several articles on the works of both Bonhoeffer and Rahner. Her research interests include apophatic theology, ecumenics and philosophy of Religion. Karina Juhl Kande is a PhD candidate in systematic theology at the University of Copenhagen. Her research focusses on the development in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ecclesiology between 1927 and 1945, particularly on the distinction between visible and invisible...

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